Electoral Bill introduces EVM paper trail

Coming soon: EVMs are due to be used in the 2019 ballot
Coming soon: EVMs are due to be used in the 2019 ballot

The 2019 general elections will be held with the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) that have a Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), according to a 2017 Amendment Bill published last week.

“The Bill introduces (a) VVPAT printer to ensure that votes are supplemented by a permanent paper record of each electronic vote for purposes of auditing electronic ballots,” says the Bill presented by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale. It further states that the introduction of VVPAT necessitated redrafting of the Amendment in order to synchronise the procedures for the EVM with the verification process provided by the VVPAT printer ballot slips.

It will distinguish the EVM voting procedure from voting by ballot paper, while it retains other provisions such as registration of voters, preparation of rolls, deletion of supplementary rolls, assistance of voters by election officers and increase in penalties.

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